Introduction

Although the CD drive is partially exposed to outside of the laptop, the laptop still needs to be opened up for replacement. Replacing the CD drive is a good solution if normally-working CD's aren't working properly for any reason.

Tools

No tools required.

Flip laptop so the backside is facing upwards. Pull the two plastic switches at the top of the backside of the computer outwards, and remove the battery. Pull the two plastic switches at the top of the backside of the computer outwards, and remove the battery.
  • Flip laptop so the backside is facing upwards.

  • Pull the two plastic switches at the top of the backside of the computer outwards, and remove the battery.

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Remove all 13 screws from the back panel of the computer, the 2 torx screws under the battery, the 2 under the ram memory panel as well as the four screws at the hinge of the computer (also attaching the back panel to the rest of the computer). All screws are 9.8mm 3.0 flatheads except for the two under the battery witch are T9 torx. Remove all 13 screws from the back panel of the computer, the 2 torx screws under the battery, the 2 under the ram memory panel as well as the four screws at the hinge of the computer (also attaching the back panel to the rest of the computer). All screws are 9.8mm 3.0 flatheads except for the two under the battery witch are T9 torx.
  • Remove all 13 screws from the back panel of the computer, the 2 torx screws under the battery, the 2 under the ram memory panel as well as the four screws at the hinge of the computer (also attaching the back panel to the rest of the computer). All screws are 9.8mm 3.0 flatheads except for the two under the battery witch are T9 torx.

Remove the leftmost screw marked with blue circle. Push the drive out. You're done. Rest of this "guide" is just making you do incredible amount of work for no reason whatsoever. The DVD drive is attached LITERALLY with one screw, and that is the screw under the leftmost blue circle.

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Open up the laptop so that the screen is facing towards you. Push the monitor back until it is flat, parallel to the keyboard. Open up the laptop so that the screen is facing towards you. Push the monitor back until it is flat, parallel to the keyboard.
  • Open up the laptop so that the screen is facing towards you. Push the monitor back until it is flat, parallel to the keyboard.

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Using a plastic spudger, remove the plastic panel located between the keyboard and monitor. It should pop off easily with the spudger and can then be pulled away. Using a plastic spudger, remove the plastic panel located between the keyboard and monitor. It should pop off easily with the spudger and can then be pulled away.
  • Using a plastic spudger, remove the plastic panel located between the keyboard and monitor. It should pop off easily with the spudger and can then be pulled away.

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Remove the white cable attached to the just-removed plastic panel from the motherboard. Remove the white cable attached to the just-removed plastic panel from the motherboard.
  • Remove the white cable attached to the just-removed plastic panel from the motherboard.

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Flip the keyboard away from the monitor, rotating it so that the keys are face down on the mousepad. Remove the black cord at the bottom of the keyboard that connects it to the motherboard. The keyboard is now free and can be removed. Flip the keyboard away from the monitor, rotating it so that the keys are face down on the mousepad. Remove the black cord at the bottom of the keyboard that connects it to the motherboard. The keyboard is now free and can be removed.
  • Flip the keyboard away from the monitor, rotating it so that the keys are face down on the mousepad. Remove the black cord at the bottom of the keyboard that connects it to the motherboard. The keyboard is now free and can be removed.

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Remove the two 9.8mm 3.0 flathead screws, there is one at each of the hinges. Remove the two 9.8mm 3.0 flathead screws, there is one at each of the hinges. Remove the two 9.8mm 3.0 flathead screws, there is one at each of the hinges.
  • Remove the two 9.8mm 3.0 flathead screws, there is one at each of the hinges.

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Unplug the black cable with rectangular white plastic head from the motherboard. It is located at the top left of the motherboard, directly below the left hinge. Unplug the black cable with rectangular white plastic head from the motherboard. It is located at the top left of the motherboard, directly below the left hinge. Unplug the black cable with rectangular white plastic head from the motherboard. It is located at the top left of the motherboard, directly below the left hinge.
  • Unplug the black cable with rectangular white plastic head from the motherboard. It is located at the top left of the motherboard, directly below the left hinge.

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Pull the monitor directly upwards from where it lay. The two metal hinges should easily slide out of their holes and the monitor will be disconnected from the motherboard. Pull the monitor directly upwards from where it lay. The two metal hinges should easily slide out of their holes and the monitor will be disconnected from the motherboard.
  • Pull the monitor directly upwards from where it lay. The two metal hinges should easily slide out of their holes and the monitor will be disconnected from the motherboard.

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Using a spudger, pry the black plastic panel (with mousepad) off of the motherboard. Using a spudger, pry the black plastic panel (with mousepad) off of the motherboard. Using a spudger, pry the black plastic panel (with mousepad) off of the motherboard.
  • Using a spudger, pry the black plastic panel (with mousepad) off of the motherboard.

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Unplug the white cord connecting the mousepad to the motherboard from the motherboard, and pull off the entire plastic panel. Unplug the white cord connecting the mousepad to the motherboard from the motherboard, and pull off the entire plastic panel. Unplug the white cord connecting the mousepad to the motherboard from the motherboard, and pull off the entire plastic panel.
  • Unplug the white cord connecting the mousepad to the motherboard from the motherboard, and pull off the entire plastic panel.

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Refer to the case disassembly guide.
  • Refer to the case disassembly guide.

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Recommended: First, remove the second RAM chip, in the center of the motherboard. The chip is rectangular, with black squares and a "transcend" label on it.
  • Recommended: First, remove the second RAM chip, in the center of the motherboard. The chip is rectangular, with black squares and a "transcend" label on it.

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To remove the chip, locate the two metal clips on the top and bottom of the chip. Clamp them in towards the RAM chip and hold.
  • To remove the chip, locate the two metal clips on the top and bottom of the chip. Clamp them in towards the RAM chip and hold.

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Remove the chip by lifting up the side closest to the cd drive first.
  • Remove the chip by lifting up the side closest to the cd drive first.

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Slide the CD drive out to the right.
  • Slide the CD drive out to the right.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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16-step guide about an action that can be completed in 3 steps.. REALLY? Why do you make people do SO MANY steps for no reason whatsoever? You REALLY don't need to take apart the whole laptop JUST to remove the optical drive.

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